Hoosiers Start Week Three of Spring Practice

    Go Hoosiers! Redshirt freshman quarterback Edward Wright-Baker and running back Nick Turner at Tuesday's practice.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Redshirt freshman quarterback Edward Wright-Baker and running back Nick Turner at Tuesday's practice.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 6, 2010

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team kicked off its third week of spring practice on Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. It consisted of position drills, offensive and defensive specific drills, special teams drills as well as 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 scrimmages.

    Below are some observations from practice:

    • The Hoosiers kicked off practice with punting, and Chris Hagerup showed that he is becoming more and more consistent, taking advantage of a tailwind for several huge punts, including one bomb that traveled 74 yards through the air.

    • During short passing drills, Antonio Banks had an impressive one-handed grab, reeling in a slightly overthrown ball for a good gain on a screen pass.

    • The linebackers opened practice with tackling drills. Leon Beckum, Jeff Thomas, Tyler Replogle and Chad Sherer stood out, showing good leverage and delivering several stiff blows to ball-carriers.

    • In route-running drills, the receivers performed well. Redshirt freshmen Jamonne Chester and Duwyce Wilson show improvement with every practice and this practice was no different. Tandon Doss and Dre Muhammad show the most polish running routes.



    • In one-on-one drills with wide receivers and defensive backs, the defensive backs more than held their own. Safeties Kyle Dietrick and Jerimy Finch each intercepted passes, and Donnell Jones and Richard Council both jumped routes to break-up passes. The defensive play of the drill was credited to Matt Ernest though, as the junior went high for the break-up, outjumping Chester to the ball.

    • The wide receivers won their fair share in 1-on-1s as well. Wilson ran a beautiful route, catching a back shoulder pass on the sideline, and Muhammad did the same for a reception. Doss made several catches in the drills as well, showing a great rapport with Ben Chappell.

    • In 7-on-7 play, Chappell connected with Wilson for four completions, including a 60-yard touchdown. The duo seemed to be on the same page in the drill, covering 96 yards on the four connections.

    • Chappell had a nice throw, hitting Doss across the middle for 15 yards.

    Dusty Kiel had a nice screen pass to Nick Turner for a nice gain and Edward Wright-Baker had a 12-yard connection with Nick Zachery, who is working out at receiver.

    • The team finished practice with 11-on-11 scrimmaging in the red zone. Adam Replogle and Donnell Jones disrupted the first team offense, breaking through for a sack.

    • The defense showed great promise to finish out practice, showing great speed to the ball and strength against the run, holding the offense to short gains. The Hoosier attack was led by great energy from Darius Johnson.

    • Kiel led the offense to a red-zone touchdown, running for the score and beating the defense to the corner.

    • Chappell hit Turner on a swing pass for 12 yards.


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